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Dog breeding licence

If you breed dogs to sell you may need a dog breeding establishment licence depending on the number of dogs and litters.

You will be presumed to be carrying on a dog breeding business if, during any 12-month period, five or more litters of puppies are born to bitches which you keep on your premises (or elsewhere).

Further details about the conditions of this licence can be found in our pdf icon dog breeding information leaflet [90kb].

How to apply

You will need to complete the pdf icon application form [221kb] and pay the fee. The current fee is £183. (A combined dog breeding and animal boarding licence is available at a cost of £312, contact us for more details). In addition to the licence fee we recover on our vets charges from you where a veterinary inspection is necessary to grant the licence.

The licence expires on 31 December in the year that the application is made. A licence holder must ensure that the licence is renewed by 1 January annually if they wish to continue trading.

Government review of animal establishments licensing

In 2016 the Government consulted on changes to the legislation detailed on this page. No changes have taken effect however the Government has published plans on their website.

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